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Caught up..and a bit of Bradley Basketball

Sunday afternoon: I caught the Bradley Women’s game; they beat Southern Illinois 58-53 in overtime.

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Bradley leading Southern Illinois early

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BU held SIU to only 4 points in the first quarter and lead for much of the game, mostly by double digits. But Southern rallied and even took a 4 point lead late in the game. BU rallied and had the ball with the score tied and just under 30 seconds to go..but ended up botching the play.

SIU took a 4 point lead early in overtime but BU rallied to finally get the lead with about 1 minute to go (getting several key rebounds) and then hit two key free throws and made yet another monster stop to ice the game.

A nice touch: the softball team and track team showed up for Sunday’s game (baseball team showed up for Friday’s game)

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Men's track team cheering on the women.

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Then I got to see the men come back to beat SIU on the road 57-54 on ESPNU.

Workout notes:

Sunday: nothing but partner yoga (tired)
Monday: weights then 2 mile run in 19:33 (last mile in 8:50, lane 2). weights: usual PT, planks, etc. pull ups 15-15-10-10, sore shoulder so incline: 10 x 135, 5 x 150, decline: 8 x 165, military: 10 x 50 stand 15 x 50 seated (supported), 10 x 45, rows: 10 x 110 machine (2 sets) 1 set of 10 x 60 dumbbell, then the run
Tuesday: yoga with Ms. V, run (44:50 treadmill, 30:43 lane 1 of the Riverplex walking)
weight: 193 Monday, 193.8 before (TMI), 189.9 after the workout.

January 23, 2019 Posted by | basketball, running, walking, weight training | , | Leave a comment

Men, valedictorians, razors, etc.

I admitted that I am starting to chuckle over the mini-uproar over the Gillette commercial.

To me, it is just silly, dreary winger wagging that we sometimes have to put up with in work training sessions. But as far as Gillete’s history:

Gee…why put the company name right on their shiny butts? For more on the history of this:

In 2011, razor company Gillette, which this week joined the social justice circus, sponsored the grid girls at Formula One’s Easter Races Zandvoort, an annual event in The Netherlands. Here are some images – strictly for research purposes – of the wonderful ladies of the grid sporting skintight Gillette advertisements.

[…]

Gillette is not suddenly under new ownership. It has been owned by corporate titan Proctor & Gamble since 2005. Rather, corporate sentiments change over time, responding to culture shifts. That is most likely the cause of Gillette’s new advertising schtick.

Yes, the site I linked to is right wing, but ..facts are facts and the stated opinion seems reasonable to me…and my guess is that their marketing told them that they’d get a greater market share this way.

And speaking of men:

Last week, however, the American Psychological Association entered the fray with the release of its long-planned “Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Boys and Men.”

The A.P.A. guidelines argue that the socialization of males to adhere to components of “traditional masculinity such as emotional stoicism, homophobia, not showing vulnerability, self-reliance and competitiveness” leads to the disproportion of males involved in “aggression and violence as a means to resolve interpersonal conflict” as well as “substance abuse, incarceration, and early mortality.”

The premise underlying the guidelines is summarized in a descriptive essay on the A.P.A.’s website: “Traditional masculinity — marked by stoicism, competitiveness, dominance and aggression — is, on the whole, harmful.”

But this isn’t physics…and there is some mainstream pushback against said study:

From a more academic vantage point, Steven Pinker, a professor of psychology at Harvard, replied to my inquiry with a detailed critique of the A.P.A. guidelines.

“The report is blinkered by two dogmas. One is the doctrine of the blank slate” that rejects biological and genetic factors, Pinker wrote, adding that

The word “testosterone” appears nowhere in the report, and the possibility that men and women’s personalities differ for biological reasons is unsayable and unthinkable.

The other dogma, Pinker argued,

is that repressing emotions is bad and expressing them is good — a folk theory with roots in romanticism, Freudian psychoanalysis, and Hollywood, but which is contradicted by a large literature showing that people with greater self-control, particularly those who repress anger rather than “venting,” lead healthier lives: they get better grades, have fewer eating disorders, drink less, have fewer psychosomatic aches and pains, are less depressed, anxious, phobic, and paranoid, have higher self-esteem, are more conscientious, have better relationships with their families, have more stable friendships, are less likely to have sex they regretted, are less likely to imagine themselves cheating in a monogamous relationship.

In Pinker’s view, the A.P.A. guidelines fail to recognize that

a huge and centuries-long change in Western history, starting from the Middle Ages, was a “Civilizing Process” in which the ideal of manhood changed from a macho willingness to retaliate violently to an insult to the ability to exert self-control, dignity, reserve, and duty. It’s the culture of the gentleman, the man of dignity and quiet strength, the mensch. The romantic 1960s ethic of self-expression and escape from inhibitions weakened that ethic, and the A.P.A. report seems to be trying to administer the coup de grâce.

Pinker suggested rather that

One could argue that what today’s men need is more encouragement to enhance one side of the masculine virtues — the dignity, responsibility, self-control, and self-reliance — while inhibiting others, such as machismo, violence, and drive for dominance.

There is much more there, including some who respond to Pinker. I found the discussion to be interesting and useful.

And talking about success: a recent study on valedictorians from Boston public schools found some disappointing results. In general, valedictorians, on the whole, did better than that group, though they didn’t have earth shaking success.

According to the second article, high schools tend to reward conformity and doing well in all subjects rather than being super excellent in a single subject, and life tends to really reward the latter.

And the prime movers and shakers tend to, at least eventually, non-conform (though, of course, non-conformists really are not that successful on the whole either; the ones we read about are the outliers).

And I think about it: I remember making B’s in high school geometry because I was lax with homework…why spending time doing stuff that I already knew how to do? And our “top 10” students in high school: most were not that impressive. And..it is HIGH SCHOOL. High school. Success at that level tells you..well, not that much.

Workout notes: weights (rotator cuff), pull ups: 4 sets of 10, 5-5, then 5 then 3 at the end of the workout. planks, etc. bench: 10 x 135, 2 x 185 (empty gym), 6 x 165 (didn’t care), 10 x 135 (more intense), 10 x 50 standing, 10 x 45, 10 x 180 machine, 3 sets of 10 x 110 rows, planks, etc.

Treadmill: walked 2 miles in 30:18 starting at 16:10 mile .05-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 increasing speed toward the end, then 2 minutes with Jacob’s ladder. I’d like to work up to 15.

January 18, 2019 Posted by | education, social/political, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

A new politics, tone and twilight zones…

I found this article which compares Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Donald Trump to be interesting: Yes, the personalities are different, but there are similarities:

1. Ignorance. Yes, POTUS should be held to a higher standard than a Freshman representative. But at times, she seems to be unconcerned that there is a lot that she doesn’t know or simply unaware that she doesn’t know.

2. Attacking those of your own party: both seem to be most comfortable doing this; in AOC’s case, she seems more interested in pushing blue district representatives to the left than flipping red ones. The issue here is that, in order to get something through Congress, one has to compromise and for those on the left, that means voting for something more centrist than you’d rather have.

3. Rabid followers on twitter.

4. Attitude. Trump: “I alone can fix it.” AOC:

I still think that this is a nice piece though someone on my Twitter feed objected to this:

I think it’s fair to say that, like Trump, she has no interest in apologizing or co-opting or persuading. She’s here to chew bubblegum and kick ass—and she’s all out of bubblegum.

Oh well.

Now will AOC be an internet flash in the pan or is she the future..or perhaps a useful decoy while others do the heavy lifting? Who knows…certainly not I.

Razors:

I don’t watch TV (much) and really don’t pay attention to commercials. Some conservative are up in arms about it (Ann Coulter has been tweeting stuff about it too).

Personally, this commercial makes me roll my eyes. It reminds me of the stupid training that we are forced to do: yeah, bullying, and harassment are bad (duh) but constant finger wagging is tiresome. It is kind of like religious nutters beating their Bibles over and over again. But it is hardly getting worked up over; it is merely another stupid, clumsy attempt to moralize.

Oh…when I do buy razors…I’ll get whatever is on sale. 🙂

Basketball:

It was looking good early; BU hit a free throw to take a 9-7 lead with 13:36 to go in the half. Bradley didn’t score again until there was 5 minutes left in the half to make it 22-11 …and BU was to trail 33-15 at the half. 6 points in 13:36…frankly BU was lucky to be down by 18: BU shot 15 percent for the first half.

The lead was to climb to 44-20 with 15:38 to go in the game; Drake then went into the “burn the clock mode” and coast to an easy 69-52 win. BU started to make some baskets but by then, the lead was too great to overcome by doing slightly better than trading baskets.

This has to be so frustrating for the team and coaches….hope they can get some confidence back. Take nothing away from Drake; they are a fine team which appears to have adjusted to losing their best player for the season (knee injury). But BU has enough talent to be more competitive than this, especially at home. The game was NOT as close as the 17 point final spread might suggest (and 17 points isn’t hardly close).

Workout notes: Yesterday; 3 miles on the track (25 laps of lane 1 in Markin 45:46) after light weights: rotator cuff, pull ups (11 sets of 5), dumbbell bench 10 x 70, incline 10 x 140, decline: 10 x 165, military: 10 x 50 standing, 15 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 45, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 45, plank, etc.

This morning: yoga with Ms. V. (and it DOES help), followed by 5 miles of treadmill running: gradual progression every .25 miles: 21:20 for 2, 39:40 for 4, walk for about .4, then jog to 52:50 for 5.

Weight: 193.0 but I was full (TMI), 191.8 prior to the run which is more realistic. I appear to be 192 plus/minus 2 lb. Can I lose 12 more pounds BEFORE I start training?

January 17, 2019 Posted by | basketball, Democrats, politics, politics/social, running, walking, weight training | | Leave a comment

Old man yelling at a could edition

Yeah, I find myself doing that. And when I pine for the “good old days” it is mostly because I want to have my current paycheck and position with a 30 year old body. It doesn’t quite work that way. 🙂

I remember joking that now that I have enough money to comfortably travel to South Africa to do the Comrades Marathon (56 mile race) I am now too slow to meet the cut-offs. No worries though; I’ve finished other long races and had a blast.

Still, the current “show how you’ve aged” challenge amuses me.

And yes, some smart ass friend of mine sent me this:

That cracked me up. It happens, even if you are diligent. And I suppose there is some attitude as well; I know that I almost never push for that last rep as I don’t want to risk injury.

Politics/Social, etc.

I admit that I mostly use Twitter to follow a few that I know (or would like to know) and to read articles. The personal opinions: it appears to be mostly venting, ranting and sloganeering.

“The Republicans suck. They need to be voted out of office. Who is with me?” Huh? Do you live in multiple districts/states? I suppose it can make sense to donate to someone out of your district IF your own district is non-competitive.

“I like candidate X because they will rock the boat!” Yeah…our current POTUS was elected for that reason. How is it working out?

It is kind of amusing to me that some appear to think that the intensity of their feelings will somehow affect a political outcome. I sincerely believe that politicians respond to those who can actually do something for them.

It is almost paradoxical: on one hand, non-well connected individuals have very little power, on their own. The can have power in a larger group..but this means making a compromise of belief of some sort and not getting everything (or even most) of what they want.

Workout notes: Monday: weights and a 3.1 mile run on the treadmill. Run: 10:50 mile (froggy), 19:28 at mile 2 (6.7-7.1 for the second 10 minutes), then walk then jog to 30:18 for 3 miles, 31:12 for 5K.
the weights: rotator cuff, pull ups (4 sets of 10, 2 of 5), bench: 10 x 135, 3 x 185, 6 x 170, decline: 9 x 165, military: 7 x 50 standing, 15 x 50 seated, 10 x 45 standing, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 (each arm)
plank, headstand, etc.

Today: yoga with Ms. V, 4 mile run on the Riverplex track (7.5 laps to the mile; did 32 laps or 4.267 in 42:54; walked 8 more laps. 11:46, 10:47, 10:19, 9:58. It was slippery outside. Weight: 193.4 Monday, 191.4 this morning. Still stuck in the low 190’s; need to cut back some more, I guess.

January 16, 2019 Posted by | political/social, running, social/political, weight training | , | Leave a comment

workout catch up

Ok, just catching up.

Monday: weight: 191.4 Did weights: pull ups (5 sets of 10), bench: 10 x 135, 3 x 185, 5 x 170, 5 x 165 decline, military: 10 x 50 standing, 15 x 50 seated, 10 x 45, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 each arm, plank, etc.
Tuesday: weight: 189.9 run: treadmill: 11:02, 21:05, 30:50, 31:46, then 3 mile walk outside. Right knee pain, due to tight calf (stretched it..then it was ok)
Wednesday: weight: 191.8. walk: 3 outside, after weights: pull ups (5 sets of 10) incline bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 150, decline: 6 x 160, military: 10 x 50, 10 x 45, 10 x 40 standing, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110 machine, plank, etc. after. Then yoga with Ms. V in the evening.

January 10, 2019 Posted by | running, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

And the Democrats, predictably, start to disappoint.

I am feeling a bit down about Congress. Yeah, I know; relax, as long as the Senate is being held by Republicans, not much will happen. I’ve heard noise about Republicans attempting to pressure McConnell to hold a vote on the shutdown, but nothing will happen until McConnell’s majority leader position is threatened. He cares only about his own power.

But what I am seeing from Democrats makes me shake my head in disgust.

On one hand, you have the level headed, even tempered “good old fashioned Midwestern common sense” Cheri Bustos parroting insipid nonsense:

Yes, that is a bad idea.

Yes, there is a time and place for austerity and a time and place for deficit spending. But that is counterintuitive to those who think of public debt in terms of private debt; the two things are different animals, entirely.

Austerity might be ok NOW but why tie our hands if a recession strikes?

On the other side, we have Democrats acting like angry drunks.

If this is really you..well, I was hoping that we’d counter incompetence with competence and vulgarity with class, but perhaps that isn’t they way things work any more.

And you see, some are really ok with this:

That is just what we need…the public needs to see HOW ANGRY WE ARE and..well, they’ll get angry too!

Well, color be skeptical. Our most successful national politicians included quite a bit of persuasion in their pitches. Yes, white hot rage might work for the Trumpsters but their coalition is less diverse than ours; our coalition is more easily fractured.

Here is but one example. (The assumption behind this headline appears to be that Israel cannot exist as a diverse state in the way that the US does; I welcome correction from those who know more. I favor a 2-state solution based on, well, history and the seeming inability of the sides to get along, but the “everyone together” does appeal to the romantic in me. My hope could well be delusional. In any event, the author of this post is well versed on this issue and I am not.)

The good news is that the dancing and walking are fun.

I suppose that I will be constantly reminded that candidates and parties are package deals; I will NOT like every aspect of every Democrat and I will disapprove of at least some of the positions of the candidates that I will vote for.

Workout notes: weights, 2 mile walk. Felt a bit tired after the weights:

rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10, went well) bench 10 x 135, 2 x 185, 5 x 170, incline: 10 x 135, military: 10 x 50 standing, 15 x 50 seated, 10 x 180 machine, rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 dumbbell, plank (2:30) side plank, head stand, then 2 mile walk outside. Not 100 percent, but MUCH stronger than 2 days ago. MUCH stronger.

Weight: 191.8; it appears that my honest weight is 191.5 pm 3 lbs. That is ok, given that I haven’t started training yet, but that sub 6 hour marathon walk won’t happen at this weight. It could happen at 10 pounds less.

January 4, 2019 Posted by | politics, politics/social, social/political, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

2019 starts with a mancold

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Our crew for the Rose Bowl. Then the Sugar Bowl.

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Well, sometime around December 31 I felt the tell-tale burning eyes..felt a bit warm and tired today. We still had Tracy over for the Sugar and Rose Bowls; her Ohio State team won (she got her masters there) and my Texas team won (I got my Ph. D. there), and we had Middle Eastern Food.

Today: tired, warm…it is a man-cold, I think.

Still walked 4 miles yesterday (Jan 1) and lifted today (wiped down the bars and benches) in a mostly empty gym;
rotator cuff, pull ups (10 sets of 5), bench: 10 x 135, incline 10 x 135, decline 10 x 135, military: 3 sets of 10 x 45 standing, rows 3 sets of 10 x 110 machine. Yeah, I was weak and bloated (194.3 before)

Issues: In Congress, there is attention paid to the new, loud liberals. But some of the D’s are from conservative areas…and there is always that issue of getting your ideas passed into law. And of course you have people talking about the 2020 Democratic nominee and Elizabeth Warren announced. Some of my friends like her; I see her as, well, too “professorial” to win; not enough show-biz. True, she doesn’t have the Bill Clinton baggage that Hillary had, but she doesn’t seem to have that, well, stage presence.

Note: I am going to pay LESS attention to platform than I did in the past (look for alarm bells) and more for political skill (“how much of this is realistic? How are they going to do that?”).

It should be a long ride and I have no clue as to how it will go.

January 2, 2019 Posted by | illness, politics, politics/social, weight training | Leave a comment

Workout catch up

Of interest only to me.

December 22 (Saturday) 10 mile walk (9.96 or thereabouts) in 2:36; my new course downtown, to the goose loop, etc.
December 23 (Sunday) hotel treadmill: 5K run in 29:45 (29:00 3 miles) for 3 miles; 20:15 at mile 2.
December 24 (Monday) weights in Riverplex (S. O.’s procedure…over lunch) Weight: 189.1 (before) usual rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10), bench: 3 sets of 10 x 70 dumbbell, rows: 10 x 70, 10 x 70, 10 x 60, military (machine) 10 90, 10 x 110, 7 x 160.. had to finish quickly.
December 25 (Tuesday): 5.1 walk in 1:19 (Bradley Cornstalk hill course) Kind of sore.

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Merry Christmas! 😘

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Christmas Eve dinner.

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Glad that hassle is over with.

December 26, 2018 Posted by | Personal Issues, running, walking, weight training | Leave a comment

How do the D’s move forward?

Ok, the Democrats won the House and are moving forward toward 2020. But what will they do, as a party?

Now I know that many (myself included) do not like Ann Coulter. But she does have a point; in current times the Democrats are basically a lose confederation of groups that, to be frank, do not like each other. And currently, the “Bernie/Never Bernie” wars are raging, at least on social media.

And Clair McCaskill has some interesting thinks to say, at least about being a “red state” Democrat. Yes, she does recount complaints from, yes, rural white males that the Democrats, at least at the national level, do not care about them.

If your temptation is to say “so what”..I’d remind you that, at least in some states, the difference between winning and losing a purple state like Pennsylvania can be the margin of loss in such rural areas. Sometimes, getting beat 65-35 instead of getting beat 80-20 can make the difference between winning and losing such a state; President Obama was good about getting votes in such areas. And as far as red state Senators: remember that we can’t have a Senate majority without them and being in the majority means that we can set the agenda, determine what comes to the floor for a vote, etc.

OF COURSE, it is unfair that our Senate set up gives such people disproportionate power but alas, that is where we are.

It is quite the needle to thread for Democrats.

By the way, Sen. McCaskill has some other things to say…some things to noisy “know it all” activists and some things to the rest of us. She suggests that we pay more attention to Democrats who won in formerly red areas than to more liberal Democrats who won upsets in bright blue areas and went on to win the general. I tend to agree.

Workout notes: leisurely paced weight workout (went well) but no run..too tired. rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10, strong), bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 185 (good), incline: 10 x 140, decline: 10 x 160 military: 10 x 50 standing, 15 x 50 seated, 10 x 45 standing, 3 sets of 10 x 50 (each arm) rows, plank, headstand, etc. Weight: 192.1 before.

I really noticed the difference..when I rested more between sets.

December 21, 2018 Posted by | politics, politics/social, social/political, weight training | Leave a comment

No excuses but…

I’ve been feeling weird lately…like I am on the verge of getting a cold but never quite getting one.
Health: 189.6 yesterday; 192.3 today (slightly different scales..slightly different times of day..call it 191?) and my workouts haven’t been as awful as one might guess:
Tuesday: about a 10K run (6.3) in 1:13 and it was ok; today: weights plus a 1 mile run (11 min), 3 mile walk (just couldn’t get into the run).

weights: rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10), incline: 10 x 135, 4 x 155, decline: 7 x 165, military: 10 x 50 standing, 15 x 50 seated (supported), 10 x 45 standing; rows: 2 sets of 10 x 110 machine, 10 x 60 dumbbell. plank, head stand, etc.

Then came the run and walk.

Issues: I find myself about to write about something…then I morph into just not caring enough to. I might write a bit on my math blog.

So there is some fluff:

Of course, lefties attacked her, and of course, she just ate it up. We are soooo easy to troll. Yes, there are some principled feminists who really do go by “it is always wrong to body shame/slut shame etc.” (personally: I think that if you put yourself out there, expect to be critiqued…and critiqued harshly)

Now it appears to me that, at least with a certain group of people, the worse a person is, the more of a curve they are given. Example: if a 300 lb. woman put up a bikini shot, she’d be praised for her courage, told that it is great that “she loves herself just as she is”, etc.

It is funny.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez I am fascinated by her. Yes, odds are, she will be just a flash in the pan ..you could say that about *every* rising star and be correct; only a few become long time, national players. And someone like her ruffles feathers because, well, they aren’t going to “take it” from that tired, old establishment. But on the other hand, she will be prone to making rookie mistakes …and part of her package is not listening to the old guard that might give her useful warnings.

Her latest: being ridiculed for “taking a break.” Now had she just done something that she enjoyed and had someone take photos, no one would have said anything (politicians routinely golf, run, hike, walk, catch ball games, shows, etc.)

Welcome to the microscope. 🙂

And for those who follow this sort of thing: there is some fighting between the old Sanders and old Clinton wings of the Democratic party..it is a real zoo.

More politics: More and more, it appears the the Republican voters are the rural whites sans college degrees. Sure, there are still wealthy ones too. And votes by income: mostly, “even-Steven”, even in the 2016 election.

December 19, 2018 Posted by | political/social, politics, politics/social, running, walking, weight training | Leave a comment